John Hawley is a loyal reader of this blog.
John is privy to the most confidential information about HMCS Regina, a ship I knew nothing about until he wrote me a comment in November 2011.
This led to the creation of yet another blog of mine appropriately named
John just wrote this comment showing how well he knows about HMCS Regina.
While reading recent articles relating to Canada’s involvement I could not help but notice that some sites contained lists that included ‘all’ the RCN ships that participated in this most important Operation. However, some like ‘nauticapedia.ca’ only included the larger RCN vessels such as the destroyers and bigger ships like the RCN ‘Prince’ troop transports.
When I advised the powers to be at nauticapedia that I had undeniable facts that HMCS Regina K234, HMCS Summerside and HMCS Woodstock K141 were assigned to directly support the American Forces landings at OMAHA Beach nauticapedia Mr John Taylor condecendingly replied to me that I was incorrect as ‘all’ RCN Corvettes were likely back in the UK waiting to escort Mulberry”s and supply vessels.
It irks me greatly when these self appointed historians contradict ‘eye witness’ accounts from veteran RCNVR sailors that were in fact ‘present’ (onboard) these RCN ships. Veterans like my father and Regina Stocker Don. McIntosh have told me Regina was ‘near’ OMAHA on the morning of 6 June 1944. Jim Hawley (dad) advised me (only when asked) that Regina was close enough to the Omaha Beach landings that they could clearly see the heavy resistance American soldiers were facing.
I also observed in 1990 while at the Arromanches, Normandy, France – Invasion Museum on a very large and detailed diorama that indeed HMCS Regina K234 was shown to be just off OMAHA Beach during the Invasion.
Also a website about HMCS Woodstock states that HMCS Woodstock was assigned to provide support to the American troops at OMAHA Beach on 6 June 1944.
It is not surprising that the ‘bean counters/historians’ MISSED the little ships like our RCN Corvettes.
However, the declaration by the brave men of the RCN/RCNVR who were THERE and observed and actively took part TRUMPS the so called records likely compiled by people who were not there.
As such ‘we’ know and will Remember them!